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by C.J. Spang

Athlete of the Week - Nick Heimer

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ROCHESTER, MN (KTTC-TV) -- with the season on the line the Lourdes boys hockey team needed someone to step up and lead the team to victory. Sophomore goalie Nick Heimer did just that - twice.

"I don't think a lot has changed," Heimer said. "I'm just trying to come out and give our team a chance to win."

"I think it's his personality," Lourdes coach Aaron Gill said. "He's very calm, very even-keeled, and for a goalie that's perfect. He doesn't get too high, doesn't get too low after a goal and I think that's what's really kept him very consitent and very confident in tight games."

Friday in the quarterfinals against sixth-seeded Faribault, Heimer made 17 saves to help get his team to overtime where the Eagles eeked out a 3-2 win to advance to the semifinals.

"I know that was kind of a big game for us," Heimer said. "I knew coming into it we were going to have to play pretty well. They were not to be taken lightly. So I figured I had to come and bring my game and be ready to play."

The sophomore netminder then went out Saturday and had an even better peformance - making 19 saves as the third-seeded Eagles shutout second-seeded New Prague 4-0 to move into the Section 1A Championship game.

"Yeah, (the shutout is) pretty awesome, especially in a game like that where so much is on the line and you're just trying to give your team a chance to win," Heimer said.

For his stellar performances in leading his team to the Section 1A championship game, Lourdes' Nick Heimer is the KTTC NewsCenter Sports Athlete of the Week.

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